Too often I find myself in the same situation as the disciples in this story: I really want to help people and offer healing in Jesus’ name, but I find myself arguing with others. Maybe I am arguing because I think I know the “correct” way to do things or maybe I don’t agree with another person’s ideas, but the result is always the same: I am not focused on the gospel – the good news of Jesus. At these times I have to remind myself to emulate Jesus and ground all of my thoughts, words, and actions in prayer.

—John Moriconi, S.J. is a Jesuit brother who serves as provincial secretary for the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit province.